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sixteen little puzzles ‘fore I go’

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Dilip D’Souza For a year-ending column, something I’ve done before but not for a long time now: A grab-bag of puzzles, some more mathematical than others. They are taken from many different sources, but wasting no more time, here they are. 1) Your friend Kanak... More »

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There is a method to India’s sell-off agenda

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Livemint Just a few weeks ago, the government gave advocates of privatization reason to cheer by announcing the sale of its stake in several state-owned companies. For a dispensation that was seen as dragging its feet on this agenda in its previous term, it se... More »

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Fresh perspectives on dealing with illegal immigration

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Deepak Sinha It is indeed difficult to comprehend this Government’s precipitous push for the Citizen Amendment Act (CAA), in the manner that it has, at a time when the economy is on the edge of a precipice and it has yet to satisfactorily resolve serious issue... More »

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Unlocking Iran’s rich peaceful potential

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Almost a millennium ago, one of the most renowned Persians in history, Omar Khayyam, was born in the city of Nishapur in present-day Iran. In the West, Khayyam is known mainly as a poet, owing to the translation of his most important works into English in the ... More »

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What’s in store for emerging markets?

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When it comes to the outlook for emerging markets in 2020, the bottom line is maddeningly simple: “It’s complicated.” There are a number of reasons for this. For starters, we are living in extraordinary times, owing to the unpredictable personality of the curr... More »

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Old is gold for the Congress

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Sunil Sharan At 74, P Chidambaram was fading quietly into the limelight. He had had a checkered career, first as finance minister, then as home minister, whence he had often clashed with the grand old doyen of Indian politics, Pranab Mukherjee (the arrogance o... More »

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Opinion | Arundhati Roy’s faulty advice

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When emotions run high, tempers need to be calmed. At such times, it does not help to have author and activist Arundhati Roy offering people bizarre advice on resisting the government’s efforts to create a database of all those who reside in India. If surveyor... More »